Ernst von Dohnányi
A Song of Life
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: Indiana University Press
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Ernst von Dohnányi (1877–1960) was one of the most highly regarded musicians of his time. From a young age Dohnányi enjoyed an international prestige that brought him into contact with such nineteenth-century masters as Eugène d’Albert and Johannes Brahms. Dohnányi’s techniqueand interpretive skills as a pianist and a conductor are legendary. He is also...
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This biography of my husband was a labor of love. In the event of accusa-tions that I see my husband through rose-colored glasses, I make no denial; of course I do. Through those spectacles, however, I have made an honestand earnest effort to view his life in an impartial manner. It is probably inevitable that I have not been able to accomplish this, but in no place have I...
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Ernst von Dohn�nyi was born on 27 July 1877 in Pozsony, Hungary.To understand Dohn�nyi and his music, it is necessary to know something about his homeland, its history, and its attitude toward life. Because Hungary has always been a small nation located near large powers, she has always had to protect herself from being conquered. From...
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The year was 1894. A train advanced, puffing and fuming, toward Budapest. It contained no comfortable Pullman cars and no luxurious dining cars. Those who could not afford comfortable coaches had to travel on these slow passenger trains, which stopped at every obscure village whileIn a corner, at a window, sat the seventeen-year-old Ernst von Dohn�nyi. He was a fair-haired youth of medium height, and his figure was well pro-...
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Dohn�nyi launched his career with recitals in Berlin on 1 and 7 October1897. He premiered his Variationen und Fuge �ber ein Thema von E.G. on the first concert and the third of his Vier Klavierst�cke (Four Piano Pieces), op. 2, on the second concert. Although both performances werewell received by the small audiences as well as by the press, they were not financially successful for the artist because the concert agent insisted that...
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Dohnányi started his work at the Königliche Preussische Hochschulefür Musik in Berlin in October 1905. Although he was the youngest teacher, he was paid the highest salary at the Hochschule. After just three years, he would receive the prestigious title “Professor.” Upon swearing an oath as a State employee, Dohnányi was told that he had also automatically become a Prussian citizen. This came as a surprise to Dohnányi; in...
Four: 1919-1936 [Includes Image Plates]
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Once again Dohn�nyi was on a train with his family. The return trip from Norway did not differ much from when they had traveled to Norway as refugees. The trains were still slow and stopped at every stationfor long periods of time. The travelers were jammed in cars that had no light, painfully reminding them that their country had lost the war. When the Dohn�nyis arrived in Wels, Austria, they were so exhausted that they...
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In 1937 Hubay died, and Dohn�nyi succeeded him in the Upper Houseof the Hungarian Senate.From 2 to 10 April 1937 Dohn�nyi undertook an exhausting but successful concert tour with his Budapest Philharmonic. He conducted the music of German and Hungarian composers over a period of nine days in as many cities: Breslau, Berlin, Hamburg, M�lheim, Cologne, Frankfurt,...
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The trip to Vienna was an agonizing nightmare. The truck carried the few pieces of luggage that we were able to bring with us from Hungary. Dohnányi had packed only a small suitcase, into which he had placed nothing but his tuxedo, a suit, one or two of his manuscripts including his most recent symphony, and some other small items. He had also carefully placed his favorite book, Casanova’s memoirs of his travels...
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At the London airport, the official of the Home Office examined Doh-nányi’s disorganized papers and looked up at him with interest. “Are you the famous musician?” he asked. Dohnányi nodded.“You are welcome in England, sir,” the official said with a benevolent smile. These words warmed my heart. I was even more touched by Mr. and Mrs. Tillett, who met us at Victoria Station and then treated us to a delicious supper. Dohnányi talked calmly and composedly with them, while watching me as I expressed my obvious delight upon being served a cake...
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We arrived in Buenos Aires on 4 April 1948. It was a perfect springafternoon: the sun was shining and the plants were in full bloom. Dohn�nyi was welcomed by a solemn reception that included Arp�d Bubik as well as several Argentinean journalists and musicians. Mr. Bubik smiled broadly when he told Dohn�nyi about the splendid house he had rented for us in Martinez, the elegant villa quarter of Buenos Aires. It had...
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It was late in the evening when we arrived at the Tallahassee airport. Dean Kuersteiner was out of town, so we were greeted by his charming wife and Owen Sellers, the Dean’s Assistant who would later become one of our closest friends. Mr. Sellers and Mrs. Kuersteiner drove us to a spacious wooden house with four big, furnished rooms and a porch, which Dohnányi decided would be his study. The large kitchen included a refrigerator,...
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In 1954 Dohnányi received an honorary doctorate degree from OhioUniversity, and in 1955 we became citizens of the United States of America. Dohnányi’s reemergence as an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, which had begun in Carnegie Hall on 9 November 1953, was solidified by performances in the 1956 Edinburgh Festival. One year later, Dohnányi received another honorary doctorate from the Florida State Uni-...
Appendix A. Selected Correspondence
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Appendix B. Dohnanyi's Lectures at Ohio University
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Appendix C. Selected Articles
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Appendix D. Works List
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Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 17 b&w photos, 1 index
Publication Year: 2002